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Instant Pot Lentil Soup Recipe

Instant Pot Lentil Soup with chicken sausage is a wonderful family dinner that is packed with lentils, a variety of beans, kale and spices for a hearty and nutritious meal.

This lentil soup is made in your Instant Pot on the soup function, or in your slow cooker. Instructions are included for both methods.

Lentil Sausage Soup-Top Down View
Instant pot Lentil Soup with kale

Watch our complete tutorial for making this Lentil Sausage Soup

Is Lentil Soup healthy?

Lentils are very nutritious and provide fiber, protein, and minerals while being low in fat. They pair well with meats and veggies making them a great option for vegetarians.

We have bulked up this Lentil Soup with chicken sausage and beans for a hearty bowl. This dinner can definitely stand alone, but it is also scrumptious with Homemade Dinner Rolls or a slice of our Simple Multi Grain Sourdough.

Instant Pot Lentil Soup With Chicken Sausage

Looking for more easy Soup recipes?

We love soup. Here are a few of our favorite Instant Pot soup recipes. Look around the blog for many more.

Lentil Sausage Soup Table Setting.
Lentil Sausage soup is so simple to make. Good, Nourishing soup your whole family will enjoy!

Are Lentils good for losing weight?

Lentils are a great addition to your diet if you are looking to lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight and reap the benefits of a low fat, high protein legume. They digest slowly and help prevent blood sugar spikes.

Lentils present a hearty texture and can be blended for thick, creamy soups making them very satisfying and satiating.

Instant Pot Lentil Soup With Soup Setting

What goes good with Lentils?

Lentils are a fantastic legume because they have a mild flavor and creamy texture that pair well with a wide variety of other foods. Here is a list of ideas if you are looking to incorporate lentils into your diet more regularly.

  • Veggies such as kales, carrots, cauliflower, celery, and chards
  • Potatoes and other squash
  • Other beans and legumes
  • Bold spices like curry, ginger, and paprika
  • Smoked sausages and roasted sausages
  • Rice and quinoa lentil bowls

The Ingredients for Instant Pot Lentil Sausage Soup

This is an easy dinner idea because it’s very easy to make your own. Use what you have and play around with this recipe. Homemade soup is wonderfully versatile and simple to make as you prefer.

Ingredients For Instant Pot Lentil Soup

The Lentils

The different varieties of dried lentils will all work well in this lentil soup. Use brown lentils, red lentils or any you have in your pantry. Want more lentils? Just double the amount to 2 Cups. The soup will be a bit thicker with more lentil flavor.

The Sausage

The sausage I use in this soup is spicy, low-fat, pre-cooked chicken sausage. We love the flavor of chicken sausage recipes. It is certainly a great compliment to the lentils in this soup and keeps the recipe much lower in fat too.

We use different sausage flavors all the time. Chicken apple sausage is a good choice for fall harvest vegetables.

Slicing Chicken Sausage

Kale and other greens

Kale adds color, nutrients and great texture to this soup. If you’ve never actually used kale in a soup this is a good recipe to start with. It has a strong flavorful leaf that holds up well under pressure and give good flavor and texture. You will want to strip the kale leaves off of the stalk before cooking.

We do not recommend using spinach or chard greens in this soup. They tend to break down and get yield a wilted, wet texture.

Stripping Kale From The Stalk.
Strip the kale from the stalk for soup recipes.
Kale In Instant Pot
Kale holds up well in soup recipes.

What is a good side dish for Lentil Soup?

This soup is hearty and can definitely stand alone as a full meal, but if you are looking to serve it with some sides here are some of our favorites

  • Fresh green salads
  • Cornbreads
  • Garlic breads
  • Rice and quinoa blends
  • Rice pilaf
  • Steamed beets
  • Roasted brussel sprouts
  • Steamed chards
Chopped Veggies In Instant Pot

Use any vegetables you have that will go with lentil sausage soup. Potatoes, kohlrabi, parsnips…any veg you like can go in here.

Using your Crockpot

We have instructions for both the Instant Pot and Crockpot in the printable recipe card. Using a slow cooker is a great method for all soups.

Lentil Sausage Soup
Lentil soup crockpot version. Instructions are in the printable recipe card.

About the liquids

In most of our soup recipes we do not drain or rinse beans or tomatoes. The juices add flavor, liquid, and nutrients that intensify and elevate soups.

Mediterranean Lentil Soup
Grate Parmesan cheese over the top at serving for the Italian lentil soup version.

The chicken sausage and broth ingredients are pretty flexible flavor partners. Especially with so many choices of chicken sausage these days.

Mediterranean Lentil Soup Version

If you want a Tuscan Soup we recommend these Ingredients.

  • Italian Chicken Sausage (add in 1 Tablespoon olive oil when browning to tune up the Italian flavor)
  • Add 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasonings
  • Italian Stewed Tomatoes
  • Fire roasted tomatoes
  • Use a flavorful fresh pepper. Poblano varieties are great in this version
  • Parmesan grated over top at serving
Instant Pot Lentil Soup

For a Plant Based or Vegan Lentil Soup

Feel free to use chicken broth or vegetable broth in place of the water. For a vegetarian or vegan lentil soup replace the chicken sausage with your favorite meatless sausage or omit the sausage completely.

Your Printable Recipe Card

Instant Pot Lentil Soup
Yield: 10


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Instant Pot Lentil Soup with Chicken Sausage is a wonderfully simple healthy dinner. Full of nutrients and flavor. Make it in your instant pot on the soup function or slow cook it. This recipe makes dinner so quick and easy.


  • 1 12 oz. package chicken sausage sliced into 1/2 inch rounds (any flavor)
  • 1 Cup lentils (any color) (double to 2 Cups if desired)
  • 2 to 3 large carrots-sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 4 garlic cloves-minced
  • 2 celery ribs sliced small
  • 1 pepper (any heat or type you prefer, chopped small)
  • 4 Cups kale (any variety, torn or cut into small pieces)
  • 1-14 oz. can garbanzo beans (with juice)
  • 1-14 oz. can kidney beans (OR black beans with juice)
  • 1-14 oz. can diced tomatoes (any flavor-with juice)
  • 1-14 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 8 cups chicken broth



  1. Slice the sausage into 1/4 inch rounds.Slicing Chicken Sausage
  2. Strip the kale leaves OFF the stalk before cutting (or ripping) it into small pieces. The stalk is tough.Stripping Kale From The Stalk.
  3. Chop all the vegetables into small pieces.Chopping Celery

Make the soup:

  1. Put all prepared ingredients into the instant pot.Chopped Veggies In Instant Pot
  2. Add the canned ingredients and broth.Adding Canned Ingredients
  3. . Set the instant pot to the soup function. OR use the slow cook function. Set to MORE and cook for 6 hours.
  4. Quick release the pot when done.Quick Release
  5. Serve with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Grate fresh parmesan cheese over the top for garnish.Instant Pot Lentil Soup


Slow cooker lentil soup

use any slow cooker. This soup is mostly cooked except the fresh vegetables. So you can just let it simmer all day or cook it fast. Up to you.

Mediterranean lentil soup version:

If you want a Tuscan soup vibe I recommend these Ingredients.

  • Italian Chicken Sausage (add in 1 Tablespoon olive oil when browning to tune up the italian flavor)
  • Italian Seasonings
  • Italian Stewed Tomatoes
  • Fire roasted tomatoes
  • Use a flavorful fresh pepper. Bell peppers are fine but I love the poblano varieties for extra flavor and they are great in this version.
  • Parmesan grated over top at serving

I often use our fresh garden tomatoes or my home frozen whole tomatoes with an extra 2 Tablespoons of Italian seasonings to bring out the Italian flavors.

More Versions:

This is endless really. Any spices or vegetables and add ins you prefer can be used in this soup. Make it your own. Please let us know your favorite way to make this lentil soup recipe. 🙂

Our video demonstration is just one suggested way to make this versatile and lovely soup recipe

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

2 Cups

Amount Per Serving Calories 248Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 35mgSodium 1464mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 9gSugar 9gProtein 19g

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Friday 1st of March 2019

If you go the Instant Pot route, how LONG would you set it for on the Soup function? I have a potato lentil soup I like that only requires 3 minutes (of course it takes longer to build the pressure). How long do you recommend for this soup? Sounds tasty, and I look forward to trying it!


Friday 1st of March 2019

Hi Jeff, This soup will take a bit longer due to the harder veggies in it. Carrots need about 5 minutes. The soup function is pretty flexible. Try five minutes and natural release is at least 10 minutes. Please Let me know how it turns out. This is one of our favorite soups. Enjoy and have a great day!

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Saturday 16th of April 2016

What would the cook time be to cook this on the stovetop? I'm thinking 1-2 hours would suffice but don't want to ruin my first time trying this!


Saturday 16th of April 2016

I agree Victoria. That time frame is about right. If you're using precooked sausage all you're actually cooking is the lentils. They only need to boil and then simmer about a half hour. BUT, using the stovetop may use more liquid than a slow cooker so keep your eye on that. Just add more broth or water if the lentils absorb too much. Also the seasonings are best added at the end if stovetopping. Enjoy!


Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Did you cook your sausage first?


Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Hi Chelsey, I use precooked, ready to eat sausage in this recipe. I will edit the recipe so it's more clear on this point. Thanks so much for your question. If you find Adele's Brand Spicy chicken sausage(that's what I used) it should say that its precooked and ready to eat. But any precooked sausage you love will work. If you choose to use a bulk sausage that is uncooked in this soup I recommend cooking it in a skillet before adding it to the crock pot. It will cook fine in the crock pot if you break it up into small pieces and add it raw. However, I prefer the texture and flavor of precooked sausage in this soup.

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